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Boston in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Linking the Wilderness to the World

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 5, 2011
1. Linking the Wilderness to the World Marker
Inscription.
The Ohio & Erie Canal was among the most successful canals during the periods when canals contributed to our nation's growth. In 1827 the canal opened from Cleveland through the Cuyahoga Valley to Akron. When completed in 1832 it stretched 308 miles to the Ohio River at Portsmouth.

The Ohio & Erie Canal linked into a water-based transportation system that provided affordable access to markets. Goods shipped through Cleveland headed east via Lake Erie and New York's Erie Canal. Production of goods boomed to supply growing industries on the East Coast. Within one year, wheat shipped through Cleveland increased from 1,000 to 250,000 bushels. By 1840 the number had soared to 2.2 million bushels.

By the 1850s railroads began to supplant the canal. The 1913 flood provided the final blow to canal operations. Today, the Towpath Trail extends through the 110-mile Ohio & Erie Canalway, a national heritage area that celebrates the canal's legacy. The National Park Service manages 20 miles of the trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Access
Within Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the trail is level and hard-packed for visitors using wheelchairs, bicycles, and strollers. Motorized vehicles are prohibited, except motorized wheelchairs. Consider combining your visit with a trip aboard Cuyahoga Valley Scenic
Linking the Wilderness to the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 5, 2011
2. Linking the Wilderness to the World Marker
Boston Store is to the right, just beyond the photo.
Railroad, traveling one way on the Towpath Trail and the other way by train.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 15.774′ N, 81° 33.51′ W. Marker is in Boston, Ohio, in Summit County. Touch for map. Marker is on the path leading from the parking lot to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Boston Store Visitor Center, off Boston Mills Road, about 700 feet east of Riverview Road. Marker is in this post office area: Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A New Champion for an Old Canal (here, next to this marker); Boston Store (a few steps from this marker); Boston (within shouting distance of this marker); Boston Mills Road Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (about 700 feet away); Industry Shapes the Valley (about 700 feet away); The Development of Valley Industry (about 700 feet away); Forgotten Village of Brandywine (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Ohio and Erie Canalway. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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By Unknown, undated
3. Linking the Wilderness to the World Marker
[Caption reads] "Rapid Transit" During The Canal Era
Canal boats were usually pulled by three mules that walked alongside the canal on the towpath. Three mules could work eight hours pulling 80 tons of cargo.

3. Ohio and Erie Canal. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Ohio & Erie Canal: Catalyst of Economic Development for Ohio. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
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By Unknown, circa 1840s
4. Ad on Linking the Wilderness to the World Marker
Map on Linking the Wilderness to the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
5. Map on Linking the Wilderness to the World Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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